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Posted on April 2, 2012 by


To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, Sid remembers Heeley 60 years ago.

On February 21st 1952 personal identity cards were abolished, but housewives were still queuing with ration books to buy food on Gleadless Road.  There were 12 grocers and 7 butchers between London Road and the corner of Penns Road and Gleadless Road.  Food rationing ended later, at midnight July 4th 1954. 

The farthing (a quarter of one old penny) was still in circulation, and so was the hexagonal shaped threepence. A silver sixpence was called a tanner, twelve pence a bob, twenty-four pence two bob, and thirty pence half a crown.   A ten shillings note was ten bob, and a pound note two hundred and forty pence. Lots of goods were sold in guineas – neither a note or a coin – it was a pound note plus a shilling coin. 

I bought a black and white television in 1952 for 68 guineas.  There were only two screen sizes, 9 inches and 12 inches, and only one channel – BBC. No homes had fitted carpets; it would be linoleum floor coverings and rugs.  And most homes would have a coal fire – best coal in 1952 was one shilling a hundred weight, and if you ran short, you’d nip up to Staley’s coal yard on Denmark Road and pay a deposit for use of a barrow. 

There were 14 pubs in Heeley and in 1952 they would be selling draught bitter beer for a bob a pint, and mild for ten pence . We had 3 cinemas and 18 fish and chip shops, so not far to walk for our supper. Almost every day you would see a policeman (walking).  There was a police box opposite the Co-op on Gleadless Road and one at the bottom of Thirlwell Road. The bus-stop to town was at Heeley Green shops, and it would pass the Round House pub to Prospect Road and return the same way.     

Sid Wetherill